Holiday Arts Market Celebrates 10 Years


Forty-four artists and artisans to showcase their custom creations November 30 - December 1



This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Holiday Arts Market and Open House. This unique shopping event will take place Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1, at the Regional Arts Center, located at 321 West 4th Street in Downtown Texarkana. While at the Arts Market, take time to enjoy the WFA’s Christmas Open House which will feature live entertainment and refreshments to enhance your shopping experience.

All three floors of the Regional Arts Center will be filled with over 44 artists and artisans ready to show off their special talents. “I’m so excited to see that we have grown to the point that we can fill all three floors of our beautiful building with art and artisans’ handcrafted pieces,” says Jeanne Harrel, organizer of the event and director of For Arts’ Sake Gift Shop. “You can find custom creations such as paintings, jewelry, scarves, pottery and ceramics, wood turned items, handmade soaps, cheese, honey, baked goods, leather goods, knives, American Doll clothes and handsewn items. Most of these items are very unique and are often one of a kind. Normally, you would not find these items or the quality offered in any store in town.”

This event began 10 years ago when TRAHC wanted to offer a place for local artists to showcase and sell their artistry to the public at a reasonable price and in a comfortable venue. WFA’s Christmas Open House became the perfect opportunity to feature this kind of event.

This two-day event begins Friday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues through Saturday, December 1, from 10 am. to 4 p.m. There is no entrance fee for shoppers and the building is wheelchair accessible through a side entrance. All floors are accessible by stairs and an elevator.

For more information, call Jeanne Harrel at 903-277-3404 or contact the Regional Arts Center at 903-792-8681.

  1. Linda Register - art scarves
  2. Agnes Tirrito - art creations
  3. Donna Blair - scarves
  4. Chris Thomas - pottery
  5. Sarah Bobbitt - soaps
  6. Christa Atchison - baked goods
  7. Denise Bolster - pottery
  8. Glenda Griffin - honey
  9. Dean Lynn - artist
  10. Earlene Crowell - jewelry bags
  11. Robert Burk Burns - artist
  12. Peggy Whisenhunt - jewelry
  13. Lisa Clark - copper-enamel jewelry
  14. Four States Art Club - art
  15. Sue Johnston - quilted clothing
  16. Jeffery Vanderbilt - cheese
  17. Kathy Madison - glass jewelry
  18. Sharon Orr - art
  19. Joseph Raymond - artist
  20. Matthew Cornelius - knives
  21. Vicki Avery - American Doll clothes
  22. Monica Sartin - soap
  23. Polly Cook - ceramics
  24. Kathy Douthit - wood works
  25. Gabriella and Gary Bachers - scarves and art
  26. Roger Tipon - wood turner
  27. Donald Barfield - wood turner
  28. Jenny Dodez - jewelry
  29. Debbie James - doodle stitch
  30. Nina Cork - artist
  31. Leitha Herring and Dell Kirkman - jewelry
  32. Denay Maheu - chocolates
  33. Dick Stuart - wood turner
  34. Larry and Carolyn Carter - jewelry
  35. Carla Synder - jewelry
  36. Conner Tucker - leather
  37. Pene Purahl - fleece
  38. Joyce Parry - pottery
  39. Tammy Pruitt - leather-jewelry
  40. Delbert Dowdy - wood turner
  41. Nan Waits - jewelry
  42. Mark Thomas - leather
  43. Sarah Wright - jewelry
  44. Joel Wright - artist

TRAHC was formed in 1978 by community leaders with generous assistance from the Junior League of Texarkana. TRAHC’s goals are to protect our own cultural resources and help empower local artists. TRAHC is both a presenter and a preserver of historical legacies for the Perot Theatre and Regional Arts Center.

Women for the Arts was established in 1984 as a division of TRAHC. Women for the Arts (WFA) partners with TRAHC to grow a strong arts-rich community through financial support and volunteerism. WFA has raised and donated over $1.5 million over the past years with fundraisers such as The Art of Fine Dining, The Picassos Tea, and Party with Picassos. The money has supported TRAHC’s art programs and classes for children in our area. WFA is over 300 volunteers strong, involving women of all ages.